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Interest Rates at an All Time Low!

October 31, 2012
By: cometrealty

With interest rates at an all time low, it’s a great time to buy or refinance.  Contact your favorite Comet Realty Realtor® to find out more.


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GREEN HOMES SELL FOR MORE!

August 22, 2012
By: cometrealty

According to an article in USA Today, green-certified homes sell for 9% more than regular homes in California. According to the University of California research department, single-family homes with green certifications sold for an average of $34,800 more! These statistics were taken from comparable homes from 2007-2012 when average California home was $400,000. The study finds the premium is also highest in the hottest places, suggesting buyers value green labels because of the lower utility bills. 1.6 million home sales were looked at, including 4,300 that earned certifications from…
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GREEN TIP: Packing Materials

July 24, 2012
By: cometrealty

Styrofoam packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and foam are useful during a move, but not for the environment.  To go green on your next move, try using old newspapers to wrap fragile items, and then recycle the paper when you unpack. Wrap pieces of furniture and art with blankets to ensure they do not get damaged during the move instead of packing them in foam. If you must use non-biodegradable packing materials, ask around to see if anyone has any from a past move to give…
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Mortgage Rates Continue to Set New Record Lows!

July 2, 2012
By: cometrealty

Mortgage rates continue to set new record lows, leaving many home buyers and refinancers wondering how low rates can go and how to capture the best rates now. Making sense of the story: Many economists are forecasting that mortgage rates will rise again later this year as the American economy gradually improves and as more global investors turn to the U.S. as a safe haven for money. The average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.66 percent the month of June. This is the…
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Advantages of Pre-approval

June 29, 2012
By: cometrealty

The housing market is warming up in many areas, with multiple offers becoming more commonplace. Buyers who want an advantage in the bidding process will need more than a mortgage prequalification – they will need a pre approval. Making sense of the story The differences between mortgage prequalification and preapproval are significant. Prequalifying for a mortgage is based solely on what a borrower discloses to the loan officer or broker about his/her earnings, credit score, and total assets, including what is available for a down…
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Comet Realty’s Photo of the Day

June 15, 2012
By: cometrealty

What is wrong with this picture?  Let me count the ways: 1. A wood stove2. Made out of wood 3. Guaranteed to burn 4 hours 4. Made in Poland 5. Only $48.95 We found this in a machine shop in a very unique house we were showing to one of our clients. It could barely be seen through the dust of the years (and I mean years). We dusted it off and sure enough, it said what we thought it said.  Firewood costs $5/bundle. It…
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How to pump up your credit score

May 25, 2012
By: cometrealty

To avoid another real estate bubble, many lenders have tightened their mortgage requirements.  According to a report by the Federal Reserve, a majority of banks are less likely to offer loans to people with a FICO score of 620 and a 10 percent down payment than they were in 2006.  Lenders were also less likely to do so even for those with a score of 720.  The good news though is there are some tactics that consumers can employ to raise their scores. Making sense…
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